One of the best options for achieving optimal dental health is to undergo a full mouth reconstruction. Many people are unaware that such a treatment exists, let alone what a full mouth reconstruction might entail. The team at our Orange County cosmetic dentistry office would like to take a moment right now to look at these matters in greater detail and give you an idea what to expect from treatment and what the recovery process is like.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction involves a combination of multiple dental treatments performed in order to restore the total health of a patient’s mouth. By doing this, a dentist is able to give patients the best possible comprehensive care for the teeth, the gums and soft tissues in the mouth, and even the bone structure in the jaw.
What will my full mouth reconstruction be like?
Each full mouth reconstruction is custom-tailored to the needs of the patient. When you visit our Orange County cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice, we will go step by step through your treatment plan so you understand what to expect during each stage of your treatment.
Detailed Instructions for Post-Treatment Care
In order to ensure the best possible results of a full mouth reconstruction, we will provide detailed instructions for aftercare and recovery. This will provide you with a good understanding of things to do, things to avoid, and the duration of recovery. Below are just some basics to consider based on various common treatments used during a full mouth reconstruction.
Recovery for Dental Implants
It should be noted that patients may have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted weeks or months before they get their Orange County dental implants surgically placed. Following tooth extraction, patients may notice swelling or discomfort for a day or two, though both can be addressed by placing a cold compress against the face in the area of the tooth extraction.
Following dental implants surgery, patients will need to change their diet for the first week. We recommend foods that are soft and cold, such as baby food, ice cream, and yogurt. Patients are also recommended to avoid using straws during the first week of surgery since this can impact healing.
Recovery for Soft Tissue Treatments
Following any sort of gum treatment, it’s extremely important that patients avoid brushing or flossing in the area that the gums were treated since this can harm the healing tissue. Instead, patients will be given a special rinse to help manage plaque.
For one week, patients will be on a diet of cool, soft foods, such as jello, yogurt, soft-cooked vegetables, and ice cream. We will recommend that patients chew in parts of the mouth that have not been treated to reduce stress on the treated tissues.
Recovery for Dental Restorations
After getting major dental restorations such as inlays, onlays, or dental crowns, we will recommend that patients be mindful or their diet for the first few days, especially if they have to wear temporary dental restorations first. This means to eat soft, non-sticky foods and to chew on the side of the mouth that has not been treated. Special care should be taken when flossing around the dental restoration in the first week as well.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about full mouth reconstructions and your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our Orange County cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health in the process.